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navigating-the-battlefield-of-kosovo-s-snap-elections-06-05-2017 Analysis 05 Jun 17

Navigating the Battlefield of Kosovo’s Snap Elections

Ahead of Kosovo’s snap elections set for June 11, Balkan Insight profiles the main contenders and their views on key issues the new cabinet will encounter.

kosovo-election-exposes-deep-rift-among-serbs-05-31-2017 Analysis 31 May 17

Kosovo Election Exposes Deep Rift Among Serbs

Ahead of Kosovo’s general elections, the Kosovo Serb bloc is more divided than ever with Belgrade backing only one list – a decision observers say might backfire.

tacit-thaci-vucic-alliance-again-outsmarts-the-west-05-18-2017 Comment 18 May 17

Tacit Thaci-Vucic ‘Alliance’ Again Outsmarts the West

As the leaders of both Kosovo and Serbia game the West - by feigning a commitment to the EU Dialogue that neither intends to honour – it is time the West came up with a master plan.

rabid-anti-albanian-sentiments-grip-serbian-media-05-16-2017 ANALYSIS 16 May 17

Rabid Anti-Albanian Sentiment Grips Serbian Media

Growing ethnic and political tensions across the Balkans have triggered rabid warmongering and ethnic anti-Albanian ethnic slurs in Serbian media, local experts warn.

kosovo-struggles-to-confront-its-painful-past-04-13-2017 Comment 14 Apr 17

Kosovo Struggles to Confront its Painful Past

The failure of the local and international community to properly address Kosovo's traumatic past has left its communities alienated and mistrustful of official initiatives.

higher-education-is-reinforcing-kosovo-s-ethnic-divide-04-04-2017 Comment 04 Apr 17

Higher Education is Reinforcing Kosovo's Ethnic Divide

Despite years of international efforts aimed at integration, the system of higher education in Kosovo continues to reflect and replicate the country’s deep ethnic divisions.

mitrovica-bridge-still-dividing-instead-of-uniting-kosovo-02-12-2017 Interview 13 Feb 17

Mitrovica Bridge Still Dividing Instead of Uniting Kosovo

Kosovo, Serbian and international actors are going from one mistake to another as they try to resolve the issue of the infamous bridge in Mitrovica, Nexhmedin Spahiu says.

mayor-of-presevo-disapproving-territories-exchange-proposal-02-06-2017 interview 07 Feb 17

Presevo Mayor: Territorial Swap Would Destabilise Balkans

The mayor of Serbia's predominantly ethnic Albanian town of Presevo dismissed a US Congressman's idea of swapping mainly Albanian parts of southern Serbia for the Serb-populated part of northern Kosovo.

despite-the-boycott-the-import-from-serbia-increased-01-19-2017 Feature 23 Jan 17

Kosovo Shoppers Find it Hard to Shun Serbian Goods

The latest friction with Serbia over a train has revived calls in Kosovo for a boycott of Serbian products - but shops that do not stock Serbian goods remain few and far between.

kosovo-s-serbs-feel-frightened-insecure-and-misused-01-19-2017 Feature 19 Jan 17

Kosovo’s Serbs Feel Frightened, Insecure and Misused

Serbs in Kosovo say that the recent ‘propaganda train’ dispute between Belgrade and Pristina left them worried about their security and fearful that they are being used as political pawns.

serbia-s-agenda-with-train-to-nowhere-remains-mysterious-01-18-2017 Comment 19 Jan 17

Serbia’s Agenda With ‘Train to Nowhere’ Remains Mysterious

Belgrade clearly banked on eliciting a stormy reaction from Kosovo by dispatching a train to Mitrovica; whether this drama was a designed to put Kosovo in the wrong - or was a simple miscalculation - is less clear.

multi-ethnic-states-have-failed-in-the-balkans-01-16-2017 Comment 16 Jan 17

Multi-ethnic States Have Failed in the Balkans

In response to Jasmin Mujanovic’s comment article, ‘New Partitions are the Last Thing the Balkans Need,’ Timothy Less maintains that the Balkan countries lack even the most basic elements needed to make multi-ethnicity work, so it is time to consider a new territorial settlement.

battle-over-trepca-strains-kosovo-serbia-relations-11-27-2016 Analysis 28 Nov 16

Battle Over Trepca Strains Kosovo-Serbia Relations

The dispute over the Trepca complex is becoming one of the biggest stumbling blocks in Kosovo-Serbia relations - but the issue has been smouldering for decades.

kosovo-serbia-brezovica-case-conundrum-11-10-2016 Analysis 11 Nov 16

Kosovo, Serbia: Brezovica Case Conundrum

The failed privatisation of Brezovica ski complex reveals the density of legal and political battles between Belgrade and Pristina over assets in Kosovo.

kosovo-and-serbia-tussle-over-yugoslav-assets-11-04-2016 Analysis 07 Nov 16

Kosovo and Serbia Tussle Over Yugoslav Assets

Kosovo’s privatisation process remains dogged by disputes with Serbia over who holds the right over companies established during the Yugoslav era.